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Widening access to distance education using mobile technologies - A Pilot Project Oscail – National Distance Education Centre Dr. Liam Boyle Ms. Noeleen.

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1 Widening access to distance education using mobile technologies - A Pilot Project Oscail – National Distance Education Centre Dr. Liam Boyle Ms. Noeleen OKeeffe Ms. Elaine Walsh EdTech 2007

2 Introduction Oscail – National Distance Education Centre Pilot Project Why? - access extra resources

3 Background and Context Distance programmes – Undergraduate and Postgraduate 2003 Virtual Learning Environments (WebCT, Moodle) MSc in Management of Operations and MSc in Information Systems for Managers Mobile Devices Mobile Phones Digital Personal Audio Devices Personal Digital Assistants

4 Baseline Survey Prevalence and usage of mobile devices Survey conducted online Response rate 44% Positive attitude to introduction of mobile devices I think this would be a great enhancement in terms of flexibility and an effective use of available technology. - Comment from Student

5 Baseline Survey Pie chart detailing number of hours spent commuting to work per week.

6 Preparing and Deploying Resources Mobile-specific site? Moodle Multi-disciplinary material Writing Skills Referencing Plagiarism Reflective learning Assignment guidance Research proposal development

7 Preparing and Deploying Resources

8 Outcomes Level of participation Positive reaction from participants Factors for consideration – screen size, expense, scheduling deployment of resources Limited use of materials

9 Conclusions Eagerness of students Low levels of participation Resources need development Benefits – effective use of time, improving student learning experience.

10 Thank you! Any questions?


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